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Oct. 20, 2004

UI Professor, Designer To Speak On Trinidad Carnival Masks Oct 25

University of Iowa professor Loyce Arthur will speak about the meaning behind carnival masks in Trinidad on Monday, Oct. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. Arthur, an associate professor and head of design in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences theatre arts department, will speak on, "Carnival Masking & Masquerades in Trinidad." The event, part of the International Mondays lecture series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Arthur will talk about the inter-relationship between physical and psychological masks and the ways both kinds of masks have shifted and changed over time in Trinidad carnival practices.

"In Trinidad, African, Asian and European masquerade traditions combined, and continue to combine, to give people of all classes a powerful system of communication, rebellion, celebration, self-identification and creative expression," said Arthur.

Arthur has designed costumes for numerous productions including the U.S. premiere of "Peter Pan & Wendy," "Black Nativity" and "Office of the Damned". Her work at The University of Iowa includes "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," "Seascape," "Wonderchild" and many others. Arthur was co-director of the 2001 National Theatre Mask Conference, the first of its kind ever held in the U.S. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her master's of fine arts from New York University.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen